Editors' pick

Millennium Stage - The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts

6/3

The Levine School of Music

At the Millennium Stage.
6/7

Fairfax Wind Symphony

The wind ensemble performs. At the Millennium Stage.
6/8

Elijah Balbed & the JoGo Project

At the Millennium Stage.
6/9

Words Beats & Life: Rep Your Hood

At the Millennium Stage.
6/10

D.C. Jazz Festival: Sweet Lu Sextet

At the Millennium Stage.
6/12

D.C. Jazz Festival: Alison Crockett

At the Millennium Stage.
6/16

Ranjani Murthy

At the Millennium Stage.
6/18

YoungArts: A Jazz Sound

At the Millennium Stage.
6/21

Chicago Harp Quartet

The foursome makes its Kennedy Center debut in a concert presented by the YoungArts Foundation. At the Millennium Stage.
6/22

YoungArts: Lost & Found

At the Millennium Stage.
6/23

Listen Local First D.C.

At the Millennium Stage.
6/25

Coro Entrevoces

The Cuban choral group celebrates the 5th Serenade! Washington DC Choral Festival, a series of performances by 12 choirs from around the world. At the Millennium Stage.
6/26

The Israeli-Palestinian YMCA Jerusalem Youth Chorus

Made up of high school students from East and West Jerusalem, the choral group performs a Millennium Stage concert. At the Millennium Stage.
6/28

Tapiola Chamber Choir

The 36-member choir from Finland performs. At the Millennium Stage.
6/29

2015 Serenade! Washington DC Choral Festival

The 2015 choral festival ends with a celebration featuring the Los Angeles Children's Chorus and the Australian Children's Choir. At the Millennium Stage.
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Editorial Review

If there's another place on Earth where you can see a different live performance 364 nights a year for free, we haven't heard of it. The Kennedy Center wanted to open its doors to new audiences -- and new talent -- and succeeded beyond anyone's expectations with the Millennium Stage, where artists of all backgrounds and talents showcase their creative energy on a specially built platform in the Grand Foyer.

The stage lights up nightly at 6 and offers entertainment for patrons waiting for the opera or "Shear Madness," tourists passing through and folks who traveled to Foggy Bottom especially to take advantage of the hour-long show. On any given month there's a mix of classical music, jazz, storytelling, song and dance. Audience members might even catch Leonard Slatkin conducting a small ensemble from the National Symphony Orchestra, or jazz master Billy Taylor with his trio. Some months feature themes such as "Music in the Movies."

As a perk of office, members of Congress can nominate performers from their state to perform on the stage. You, too, can add the Kennedy Center to your resume: Local auditions are held one weekend a year in the spring. Don't be shy -- classical guitar, a cappella tunes, harmonica, folk songs and fiddles, anything goes.

-- Nicole Lewis